11 May 2018
Farming Connect’s campaign to support Welsh farmers with improving water quality has reached Anglesey; two events have been held to outline the support available from Farming Connect and to highlight how farmers can reduce agricultural pollution levels.
Twenty-eight waterbodies in Wales have been identified by WLMF as not reaching the required standards. The meetings on Anglesey are part of a wider, national campaign aimed at generating an industry commitment to eliminating pollution to demonstrate the high standards and reputation of Welsh farming.
Those who attended the meeting learned about the ways Farming Connect can support Welsh farmers to make positive changes.
The Farming Connect Advisory Service can provide 80% funding for expert, independent, confidential and bespoke advice on soil and nutrient management planning, slurry and farmyard manure management and storage and farm infrastructure. Eligible businesses registered with Farming Connect can also access 100% funding (up to a maximum of €1500) as part of a group of 3 or more.
Zoe Henderson, Chair of the Wales Land Management Forum’s sub-group on agricultural pollution – a body incorporating Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Government, Farming Unions and others, attended the meeting
“We all need to play our part in making sure we have a healthy water environment. I was encouraged by the enthusiasm shown by farmers, and their keenness to work towards eliminating agricultural pollution, the Wales Land Management forum members are keen to support them every step of the way”
Also in attendance at one of the meetings was Alaw Jones, FUW’s County Executive Officer for Anglesey.
“It’s obvious that the industry are committed to eliminating pollution and we were pleased to see so many of our members present reflecting their intentions to attain high standard of Welsh farming” said Alaw.
One farmer present, who also owns an agricultural contracting business locally was Gareth Hughes.
“It was an interesting evening. I’ve learned that I don’t need to make big expensive changes, I can make small, simple changes which can have a substantial effect”.
Einir Williams, Farming Connect Regional Manager for north Wales said
“I would urge all farmers in Wales to consider their potential impact on the environment and discuss their individual requirements with their local Farming Connect Development Officer, who will be able to guide them to the most appropriate support.”
“Engaging with these services will have significant benefits for farm businesses and the wider community and economy who are reliant on a healthy water environment” said Einir.
If you require further information about how to improve water quality you are encouraged to contact the Farming Connect Service Centre on 08456 000 813 or click here to find contact details for your local Development Officer, who will be able to guide you through the services.